Three more candidates have joined the contest to become the next leader of the Conservative Party, bringing the current number of candidates to eight.
Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Andrea Leadsom, the former Leader of the House of Commons, and Dominic Raab, the former Brexit Secretary, have declared their candidacies over the last day. The five already announced candidates were:
Rory Stewart – the Secretary of State for International Development
Jeremy Hunt – the Foreign Secretary
Matt Hancock – the Secretary of State for Health
Boris Johnson – the former Foreign Secretary
Esther McVey – the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions